Kentucky Derby: What Time Does The Horse Race Start And End?

Written By Matt Burke on May 7, 2022 - Last Updated on January 19, 2023
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Horse racing’s premier event of the year takes place on Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby annually pulls in betting interest from regular sports bettors as well as novices. Here we will answer the question as to what time does the Kentucky Derby start and end as well as provide info on how to wager on this year’s biggest horse race. Betting odds and how to bet on this major American sporting event will also be provided.

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What time does the Kentucky Derby start and end?

One of the most asked questions regarding the sporting calendar is what time does the Kentucky Derby start this year? Churchill Downs tries to start on time every year but the pre-race hoopla often sets it back a few minutes. According to the Kentucky Derby website, this year’s race will start at 6:57 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The website also lists the following key times as “approximate.”

  • 6:09 p.m. ET: Watch the horses walk from their barn to the Paddock.
  • 6:37 p.m. ET: Listen for “Riders Up” as jockeys are told to mount their horses.
  • 6:39 p.m. ET: The singing of “My Old Kentucky Home.”
  • 6:57 p.m. ET: The start of the Kentucky Derby.

The race typically lasts around 2 minutes, hence its nickname of “The Most Exciting 2 Minutes In Sports.” So expect the race to end right around 7 p.m. ET. NBC’s coverage of the 2022 Kentucky Derby starts at 12:30 p.m. ET and will end at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Odds to win the Kentucky Derby

Odds to win the Kentucky Derby have been posted at TVG. Check out horse information and morning line odds below.

PostHorseLatest odds (6:30 p.m. ETMorning Line OddsTrainerJockeyW-P-S (Races)
1Mo Donegal9-110-1Todd PletcherIrad Ortiz Jr.3-0-2 (5)
2Happy Jack20-130-1Doug O'NeillRafael Bejarano0-0-2 (3)
3Epicenter5-17-2Steve AsmussenJoel Rosario4-1-0 (6)
4Summer Is Tomorrow33-130-1Bhupat SeemarMickael Barzalona2-3-0 (7)
5Smile Happy14-120-1Kenny McPeekCorey Lanerie2-2-0 (4)
6Messier (CAN)6-18-1Tim Yakteen*John Velazquez3-3-0 (6)
7Crown Pride (JPN)17-120-1Koichi ShintaniChristophe Lemaire3-0-0 (4)
8Charge It15-120-1Todd PletcherLuis Saez1-2-0 (3)
9Tiz the Bomb27-130-1Kenny McPeekBrian Hernandez Jr.5-1-0 (8)
10Zandon6-13-1Chad BrownFlavien Prat2-1-1 (4)
11Pioneer of Medina53-130-1Todd PletcherJoe Bravo2-1-2 (6)
12Taiba5-112-1Tim Yakteen*Mike Smith2-0-0 (2)
13Simplification35-120-1Antionio SanoJose Ortiz3-1-2 (7)
14Barber Road54-130-1John OrtizRey Gutierrez2-4-1 (8)
15White Abarrio14-110-1Saffie Joseph Jr.Tyler Gaffalione4-0-1 (5)
16Cyberknife15-120-1Brad CoxFlorent Geroux3-2-0 (6)
17Classic Causway75-130-1Brian LynchJulien Leparoux3-1-1 (6)
18Tawny Port74-130-1Brad CoxRicardo Santana Jr.3-1-0 (5)
19Zozos43-120-1Brad CoxManny Franco2-1-0 (3)
21Rich Strike80-130-1Eric ReedSonny Leon1-0-3 (7)
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Matt Burke is the Sports Editor and Head of Evergreen/SEO Content at He is the Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of MetroBet, a digital and print sports betting platform, and was the Executive Sports Editor at Metro US Newspapers (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) from 2014-2020. Matt has covered Super Bowls and Final Fours, and his work has appeared for Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, the Eagle Tribune, Gloucester Daily Times and Newburyport Daily News. Matt is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

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